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  FOX News    FOX News Watch    News/Business. Host Jon Scott reports on media  
   bias in the coverage of weekly news events. New.  

    November 25, 2012
    12:30 - 12:59pm PST  

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fnc. that's it for this edition of the journal editorial report. i'm paul gigot, hope to see you right here next week. >> watch, new images of an age old story as israel defends its citizens from attacks by hamas. >> supporters from around the world to tell the story, but are their reports biased to fit an agenda? >> there's a clear -- a clear sexism and racism that goes with these comments being made by, unfortunately, senator mccain and others. >> and democrats in the liberal media play the race card, calling republican criticism of ambassador rice, racist and sexist, is this new spin working in the coverage?
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>> thank you. >> jon: president obama gets his second term. the media pour on the positive press to push for his win. new details are out. and joe biden is back making news. >> we've got a home boy in the deal who gets-- >> on the only, and fox news contributor judy miller, syndicated columnist cal thomas and jim pinkerton, the american conservative magazine, contributor. and talk radio bureau chief ellen ratner. i'm jon scott, fox news watch is on right now. >> . >> heather: we've been extremely clear about the concern for israel's security, about the fact that israel has a right to self-defense, but i'm not going further than that. >> why can't you say that you don't agree with the turks?
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>> because i'm not going to get in a public spinning match with allies on either side, not going to do that. >> and what is worse, public spinning match is worse than hundreds of people dying every day. >> i don't understand the question here, there's not a question here, you're just looking for a fight, let's go-- >> no, the fight is already on. >> yes, absolutely. >> what's going on over there. >> absolutely. >> and you guys by refuse to go say anything about what you're trying to do or refusing to say whether you agree or disagree with the comments that are being made by your allies or others-- >> we. >> that makes things worse not better. >> we of course agree that rhetorical attacks against israel are not helpful at this moment. is that what you're looking for, matt? >> that's victoria nuland a spokeswoman for the state department hammered by matt lee who wanted more of a response to this statement from the prime minister of turkey. it read, those who speak of
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muslims and terror side by side are turning a blind eye when muslims are massacred en masse. for this reason i say that israel is a terrorist state and its acts are terrorist acts. so, we had that face-off at the state department, jim, and there was more of it. we only showed about a third of that actual exchange. was the reporter right to be pushing her in that way? >> that's certainly a new ap. he was expressing the opinion. look the state department's in a hard spot here, turkey is an n.a.t.o. ally and i don't agree that israel is a terrorist state and i'm sure hillary clinton and the state department don't either, but the way the camera makes it look, she's sort of on the-- nuland is on the defensive and she's got her job to do with 150 state world capitals watching. it was a little bit of an ambush on the state department. >> jon: pretty amazing statement, i think, from t
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theithe turkish minister, how did they react. >> almost no. i'm going to wait for the article that says that turkey has just disqualified itself as an intermediater, as a mediator in this conflict. i didn't see that statement. i didn't see that story. it's really amazing the way turkey is-- remains under cover in the american media. >> and now, i had exactly the same reaction as you did and what was even more amazing is why didn't anybody do a story that compared what turkey said about israel with what turkey has said about syria, or not said. there was none of that. it was really quite -- the silence was deafening. >> jon: here we go all over again, cal. the conflict in that part of the world never seems to end. things appear to be relatively peaceful and then all of a sudden, you get hamas launching rockets and israel responding and you know, you get a peace deal like was
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brockered on wednesday and then everything seems to cycle all over again. >> i wrote a column this week entitled ground hog day. i think the application is similar to that movie where bill murray gets up and repeats the previous day. >> the height of media coverage for israel was 1976. our bicentennial when they went into uganda to rescue israeli citizens from palestinian terrorists. it was the editorial coverage extremely positive. and unraveled in cnn, c v and the pair palestinians and victims. what about that is the coverage sympathetic to palestinians? >> you know, i will probably be a little different than everybody here on the panel, particularly when it relates to that photo that was shown in "the washington post" where
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they had the picture of the palestinian with the dead baby and then they showed the competing picture was israelis in the bomb shelter. i didn't get as offended by that as other people did in terms of saying that "the washington post" was more towards the palestinians. i didn't, i didn't see-- >> more flagrant though is cnn running phony footage and the bbc a sweep from syria they said was palestinian and british reporter, bbc john donovan said i accidentally smeared the israelis and i really meant to smear the syrian government. stone silent, the bbc won't fire him. who knows from a week ago other than tweeting again. >> jon: judy, the coverage of what happened then, tends to focus how many rockets were fired and how many casualties on both sides, but there seems to be a vast moral goal between the two sides.
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here is a look at the cover of the new york daily news and then, basically the same title and the the same totphoto, in te new york post. and very similar coverage of hamas members dragging somebody through the streets tied to a motorcycle, somebody they had executed on suspicion of being an israeli sympathizer or spy. >> exactly, and that's part of the college of a reporter covering what's going on in gaza, because there are many more reporters this time around from in 2008-2009 which is the last time israel went into gaza, but they are still the captives of hamas, they're being led about, they're being shown things, we have no way of growing whether or not the people who were being portrayed as victims, were really killed by israelis rockets or injured by israeli rockets fire. we don't know.
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even the new york times, john, ran an editorial saying, hamas'egitimaillegitimacy, but submarine title was-- sub title was not israel is the not the only one in the war-- >> and i thought an mea culpa in the column this week several years ago he said it was right for israel to pull out of gaza. some of us have been saying that for a long time. i think the failure of the media is that they do not accurately report on the history of the two movements and think don't that the palestinians and muslim radicals who say they want to kill all israelis and jews and get them out there, they don't believe it even though that's what they say. >> all right. coming up next on news watch, a twist in the coverage of the benghazi attack. >> we have seen wrong intelligence before and a lot of people were killed based on
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his teeth in he's made it about presidential authority and frankly there's a witch hunt going on on the right about people of color let's face it around this president. eric holder, valley jarrett, before that van jones, it's not who is hawkish in the same way that john mccain is about foreign policy. if you look at those, susan rice, this is a personal vendetta-- >> you think mccain and lindsey-- >> mccain had his own daughter attacked, accused of having an illegitimate child when in fact adopted a young girl from south asia, you're saying that mccain is being driven by racial prejudice here? >> there's no other way to look at this. >> jon: another week and another twist in the media coverage of the benghazi terror attacks and the aftermath and ambassadors susan rice and reworked talking points about the deadly event. you kind of got a sense testify there, jim. there's a suggestion that any criticism directed toward the obama administration is either
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racist or sexist. is that the new media mean? >> and rich wilson has no other way to look at it. that settles that. look, it's clear that for time magazine they said it's ace politics for the democrats, if the obama administration nominates here and see her support there and the tact that they'll take at sort of a mass political level. at the elite level. i think the administration is doing a pretty good job of saying, well, actually the talking points were massaged by james clapper and by the justice department and a lot of fingerprints there and david petraeus came along and said there are reasons why they took out the al-qaeda stuff from the talking points that rice delivered on the air and i think that argument among the elites is kind of prevailing and i think that it means that if the president does appoint-- i think the confirmation goes quickly. >> not everybody agrees though. maure
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maureen dowd rights when a gang shows up with rpg's in a place of hot bed sympathizer and extremist training camps. >> it's not over a movie. she should have been savvy enough to wonder why the wily hillary was avoiding the talk shows. and the dop diplomate needs to show more sensitivity and independence traits clinton has demonstrated in abundance and obama can do better at state than susan rice. >> and an article called susan rice term -- >> i was disappointing in the president, what she's said about regime change in african and countries and not looking more to her resume'. >> let me pull up a point on racism and sexism business. it never cuts the other way.
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liberals can criticize conservative african-american as conservative black women, like allen west now soon to be form former. and condoleezza rice, not being down for the struggle, as being oreos or hanger chief head negros, all of these used by left wing african-american women against conservatives and it's no problem, but it's only when you criticize the content of their character not the color of their skin or gender all of a sudden it's racist and sexist. >> i mean, where is the evidence of racial evidence in the questions of what she's done or said. it's not as if she is a reporter who to work with the material you give it and friday and confirm it. she had accessed to the classified. she should have known that that material could be new andsed. she could have done a great many things, instead, jake tapper and others praised her
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as a good soldier. and msnbc suggested that the optics are very good for the democrats because any questions raise abouted her will be interpreted as racist and i think so that's wrong. >> or saw as racist. and maureen dowd, and dan, if they had to vote for susan rice and nothing would make a big chunk of the chatting class in the media in president obama's second term to be sort of light critics, some detachment and ironic distance and meanwhile the agenda goes forward and tarnishment will not stop her being the next secretary of state. >> if the press did their job there would be different questions. >> if they did, that's a huge "if." . >> the former head of the ceo david petraeus, his belief that the attacks were carried out and planned as terrorism attacks, and then came his
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resignation from the cia. the new york times put this piece out, a phony hero for a phony war, lucien trustcot, and then david petraeus in the iraq and afghanistan conflicts, no matter how good he looked in his biographer-mistress's book, it doesn't make up for the fact that we failed to conquer countries we invaded and ended up occupying undefeated nations. >> that's an attack on petraeus and salute from slate called the insurgent, spent a lot of time with patz and questions and problems with him, but on the other hand, trustcot's piece was over the top. david petraeus was not in charge of invading iraq, he was in charge of turning around a situation that was bad and he gets no credit for that. >> jon: there's more news watch to come. if you see something that feel
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>> president obama winning another four years in the white house, delivering his victory speech on election night and thanking his family and his supporters. according to the pew research center he could have also thanked the media for his win. the people of pew found media coverage of president obama was more positive at 29% during the last week of campaigning before election day. coverage of mitt romney on the other hand, mostly negative, 33% that same week. so, should this be a big thank you to the media for his reelection? >> no, i mean, i think he would have lost the election because of their get out the vote things as well. >> you're talking about romney. >> that's right, but if you
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look at the media's coverage and the pew people have said that they thought it was that reporters were paying attention to the polls. well, you know what? reporters unless they're reporting on a poll should not be paying attention to polls he when they write their story and be aware of any unconscious bias. >> jon: somehow, i suspect, jim, you're not surprised by the numbers from pew. >> no i'm not and i've cited before evan thomas saying it could be 15 points in an election and amended that to say 5 points. even 5 points covers a potential romney victory, however, i must say that the romney post election period has been kind of a tailspin for him, not just the comments about gifts and so on, but the thriving subculture orca, the get out of the vote effort. makes anybody who thinks only media bias made romney lose,
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but his own technological incompetence. >> and arguments on what the party needs to do in order to survive. >> right, the party needs to dump the tea party and needs to reinvent itself. you know, the party is going do to do all of this after a while because i presume that the party wants to win. >> i'm shocked, shocked, isn't anybody else, the media would have been biased to obama? >> and the presidential candidate since nixon have had the press against nem, they've found a way to overcome it and that was romney's major failing, he didn't overcome what was obvious going in. >> jon: all right. next on news watch, momentum
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as i kid i spent all my time in jersey shore and northern part of the state come 60 miles across. everybody in the middle part of my stated goes to the beach. so, i was kind of raised on the shore. >> jon: that is vice president joe biden speaking after getting a firsthand view of some of the destruction from hurricane sandy. he also celebrated his 70th birthday. other notable anniversaries.
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1963 becoming the iconic phrase, four score and seven years, president abraham lincoln delivered the gettysburg address. this photo taken a few hours before his famous speech. >> hundred years later, president john f. kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade. the media coverage of that event will always be questioned. also this week the jew dictionary committee in the house of representatives begin impeachment of built clinton. a month later he was impeached by the house and then acquitted by the is that. a liberal bias in the coverage was clear and present in that one. then we have this. the classic film about inmates taking over eight sigh aluminum. "one flew over